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“The Hurricane” hits Mohegan Sun Arena on June 15

(JUNE 6) WARWICK, RHODE ISLAND – Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt (25-6-2, 7 KOs) returns to Mohegan Sun Arena for one final bout on June 15 when she fights Canada’s Kandi Wyatt (12- 6, 3 KOs) in an 8-round lightweight bout at CES Boxing’s ‘Championship Jackpot 2024’. The fight caps off an incredible career for Clampitt in which she won four (4) world titles in two weight classes, defeating the likes of Jane Couch, Mia St. John and many others.


Photo credits: Will Paul / CES Boxing / press release

Clampitt vs. Wyatt is part of a huge doubleheader over Father’s Day weekend that will feature 11 pro fights, headlined by hometown favorite Chordale “The Gift” Booker. The pro card is preceded by ‘Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Invitational’, a card featuring many of the top amateurs in the United States. Prices for this epic 2-for-1 show start at $72 and can be purchased at CESFight.com or Ticketmaster.

“I’ve seen her fight some big champions and she’s very tough,” said the Warwick native of Wyatt, a four-time title challenger who has shared the ring with the likes of current and former champions Natasha Jonas, Jessica McCaskill and Christina Linardatou and Kali Reis. “She’s a lot bigger than me. I’ve been closer to 130 pounds the last few fights, and for this one she’ll probably top out at a little over 135. Earlier in my career I fought up to 140, but I’ve been fighting for a long time never fought in that weight class again.”

Clampitt began her career in 2000 as a lightweight, winning titles at 135 and 140 lbs before retiring in 2013 to start a family. Eight years later, the urge to return to the Sweet Science became too tempting for Clampitt to deny. With the explosion of women’s boxing in full swing, The Hurricane returned to the ring in 2021, competing primarily in the Super Featherweight division in search of one last title shot. In Wyatt, Jaime will face a naturally bigger fighter who is also twelve years younger than her.

“A lot of people look at my age as a downfall,” the 47-year-old admits, “but I look at it as something that’s going to help me win this fight. I’ve been there with a lot of people.” I’m great champions myself, so I bring my experience to the ring. I feel like I have a lot of speed too, and this is it, so I have to go in and give 100% she still has time, but I don’t, so my mentality is a little bit different.

That realization caused Clampitt and trainer Steve Maze to extend their training camp to ensure Jaime was ready for whatever Wyatt brings on June 15.

“This has been a longer camp,” Clampitt agrees. “Early in training camp we didn’t have Kandi as an opponent, so we just worked hard and got back into it. Over the last six to seven weeks we’ve really focused on her style and what we need.” do to achieve victory on the 15th.”

What makes the final fight against Wyatt even more fitting is that Clampitt will end her career against a fellow American.

“I looked her up and she’s actually from the gym I used to train at when I lived in Calgary, Alberta, Canada,” Clampitt laughs. “I think it’s cool that it’s going to end like this because Calgary is really where my career took off. I became a national champion and turned pro in Calgary – that’s where things really started happening for me, so it’s a bit of a storybook ending.”

Clampitt fought her first three fights in Canada before CES founder Jimmy Burchfield, Sr. brought her to the United States in 2001 to face Elizabeth Mueller for the vacant IBF Lightweight title at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Clampitt lost a razor-thin decision in her opponent’s backyard that night, but her performance impressed Burchfield so much that he offered her a promotional contract and the chance to move to the United States.

A few months later, Jaime settled in Warwick, Rhode Island, where she won several world titles under the CES Boxing banner and blazed a trail for women’s boxing to become the popular and lucrative sport it is today. In addition to winning multiple titles in two weight divisions, Clampitt was one of the first women to appear on national television in high-profile fights against fellow hall-of-famers Jane Couch, Mia St. John and Holly Holm.

“I don’t think I missed anything,” Clampitt said when asked if she had ‘completed’ boxing. “This is what I’ve chosen since I was 15. I love what I do, I love going to training camp. I’m a happier person when I’m at training camp. This is what I love, so I do it not really.” I do not regret it. As a fighter I always worked very hard, and I always had a big heart and gave everything I could in the ring.”

And while Clampitt is pleased with what she has accomplished since returning from retirement, the one thing she would have liked to do was compare her skills to some of today’s top female talents.

“It would have been nice to go for a title again, but I honestly don’t regret it,” Clampitt said. I would have loved to fight other top 2 or top 3 women at 135 or 130 lbs just to see where I stand more than anything. Katie Taylor is one of them. I had the chance to spar with her at one point, and she is such a great champion and person. Alicia Baumgardner is also one of them, I would have liked to measure against her where I am at this point in my life and my career.”

While Clampitt is adamant that she will not return to the ring after June 15, the question is whether her answer would change if she wins impressively and such an opportunity presents itself.

“I don’t think so,” Jaime says. “Unless I get a call for that big one, which was the plan when I retired. If not, I think at this stage of my life I have two children and both my children are very involved in their activities and I I think the focus should be on making their dreams come true. I am very satisfied with what I have done. I know it is difficult to say goodbye, but I want to leave the sport with love and whatever happens, That’s what I gotta do now.”

What Jaime would like to focus on after the final bell rings are her children, her On the Ropes Boxing and Fitness gym, and possibly an interest in commentary. In addition, she will enjoy cheering on CES Boxing’s future female stars, including lightweight Stevie Jane Coleman (5-1, 2 KOs) and super bantamweight Melanie Costa (3-0, 1 KO).

“I’ve fought both girls. They’re both incredible and very different fighters,” Clampitt says of the next generation of CES Boxing female stars. “Melanie is absolutely exciting to watch, she just goes for it. I’ve known her since she was a little kid, and it’s been great to see her develop over the years. She’s so good for the sport because she can talk very well and carries herself very well. She is also a police officer. I have to say, I watched Stevie at the Boston Butchers, and something has changed in her. She set everything up very focused and I could see there was a change. She’s only in her early twenties, so that maturity in the ring really impressed me.”

But before Jaime can turn her attention to other matters, she has one last job to complete on June 15.

“I have a lot to think about in the coming weeks, but right now I’m just focusing on Kandi Wyatt,” Clampitt emphasized. “I’m training my hardest. I know it’s going to be a very tough fight. She’s competed with some great champions there and I don’t take her lightly. I just have to give 100%, which I did.” I’m excited and nervous, but I’m just ready to go in and give it everything I’ve got.”

Clampitt vs. Wyatt takes place on June 15 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and live on Swerve Combat TV. Buy your tickets now at CESFight.com or Ticketmaster.

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